Courtesy the American Academy of Arts and Letters

This week, the American Academy of Arts and Letters (AAAL)

—an honor society for the 250 of the nation's top architects, writers, artists, and composers—announced four winners for its annual Arts and Letters Awards in Architecture as well as one winner for its Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize. Selected out of 27 submissions from practicing architects and firms "to encourage creative work in the arts," the winners for the Architecture Award comprised Theaster Gates, an American installation artist; Paul Goldberger, an American architecture critic and contributing editor for Vanity Fair; and Walter Hood, principal of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, Calif., and professor and former chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.

The 2017 winner of the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, which is given to "to an architect of any nationality who has made a significant contribution to architecture as an art," according to AAAL, is Burkina Faso-born, Berlin-based Diébédo Francis Kéré.

Read the full press release on the American Academy of Arts and Letters website.

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